Frequently Asked Questions
What should you be aware of when choosing a makeup technician?
Experience and past results, sanitary working environment, professional capability, and artistic flair.
What is permanent makeup?
Permanent makeup is cosmetic tattooing. The specialized techniques used for permanent makeup are often referred to as “micro-Pigmentation”. The cosmetic implantation technique deposits colored pigment into the upper layer of the dermis.
How is the Procedure Done?
Permanent cosmetics procedures are performed using various methods, including the traditional tattoo or coil machines, the pen or rotary machine and the non-machine or hand method. Cheryl uses the most advance computerized technology in the industry. The process includes an initial consultation, then application of pigment, and a follow up visit for adjusting the shape, color or density of the pigment.
Are Permanent Cosmetics Really Permanent?
Technically, permanent cosmetic procedures are considered permanent because the color is implanted into the skin and cannot be washed off. As with any tattoo, fading can and often does occur, requiring periodic maintenance, or color refreshing. Just like hair color, pigment implanted in the skin may fade with time. It is important to consider this and all aspects of the procedure when selecting a potential permanent cosmetic makeup technician. Depending on a clients skin type a color enhancement may be required every 2-4 years.
What is a Touch Up and Do I Need One?
A touch-up is an enhancement to the color or shape of the original procedure. Permanent makeup is a process that may require at least one follow-up to the initial procedure. Touch-ups should be scheduled in 4 to 6 weeks for eyeliner, brow, and lip procedures.
Do the Pigments Pose Allergy Problems?
Some doctors recommend that people with allergies have permanent cosmetic procedures because they can replace cosmetic products that they are sensitive to. There have been very few reactions to pigments and only rarely in the case of blue-based red pigments.
How Long Does Each Procedure Take?
The initial procedure will generally take approximately 1 to 2 ½ hours. Touch-up procedures usually do not require as much time.
Is it Painful?
Most people experience some discomfort. There are various topical anesthetic ointments available to help with pain management. Cheryl uses the best anesthetics available.
Is It Safe?
Permanent cosmetics should be completely safe Cheryl follows rigid sterilization and sanitary guidelines. Disposable needles and gloves are used for every client.
What is the Recovery?
There will be slight redness and swelling of the skin which will subside quickly. There may be some tenderness for a few days. You may resume normal activities immediately after the procedure. The color is darker than you may expect for the 4 – 6 days. Full healing takes 2-6 weeks while the pigmentation matures and reaches its final color.
Can I Still Have an MRI Scan?
Numerous studies have shown that even for people who have large body tattoos there is little to no potential for irritation resulting from an MRI. In the rare instance where discomfort resulted, it was localized and very temporary. Most people have more metal in their fillings than they would ever have in tattoo work.
How much does it cost?
The average cost per procedure varies but usually averages $300 – $600. Typically procedures performed from a physician’s office or specialized clinic are charged at a higher rate. The cost of the procedure should not be the most important issue when choosing a potential SPCP technician. Most important is the confidence the client has in the skill, training, and experience of the technician.